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Matthijs de Bruijne

Matthijs de Bruijne is a Dutch artist whose practice is a result of political involvement in collaboration with trade unions and labour organizations. Working in Argentina in December 2001 in the middle of a social conflict and a bankrupt state, de Bruijne learned that the artist can be more than a reflective outsider and can also work within political struggles. In 2005 de Bruijne shifted focus to the rise of right-wing populism in the Netherlands, notably the issue of labour related to migration. In 2010 he was invited to work as an artist for the Dutch Union of Cleaners, creating their visual identity.